It’s hard to believe with this weather bouncing back and forth, but eventually spring will be here in Springfield once and for all. With spring showers and warmer weather come those feisty fleas! If your pet is not on year round prevention, NOW is the time to get a flea prevention product started. Some interesting facts about fleas:
The most common signs of fleas on your dog or cat are itching, hair loss (often on the back and tail), black “dirt” on the skin (see above), and biting at its skin. Your pet can get fleas even if they never go outside. You can carry them in on your shoes or pant legs, and the fleas will jump onto your pet. Your pet then becomes a walking salt shaker of flea eggs throughout your house. Ridding fleas in the environment is one of the most difficult issues we help our clients with.
If you have a question about what prevention your pet should be on, please call us at 529-4499. Our mission is to provide high quality, compassionate veterinary care with a personal touch. We strive to maintain a friendly and comfortable environment for pets and owners and are committed to building strong, respectful, and honest relationships with our clients. Through teamwork, we are dedicated to ensuring the best care possible and treating pets as if they were our own.
Pet are notorious for getting into things they shouldn’t. Unfortunately for them, they don’t understand the difference between chewing on a slipper and chewing on a rattling medicine bottle that rolled off the counter. The scarier thing is that the humans are often not around when the ingestion takes place, so you may not know how long ago it happened or that it happened at all. While many accidental poisonings can be prevented, it is difficult to completely pet proof your entire house. The top ten most common toxins called into the Animal Poison Control Hotline in recent years have been:
February is National Pet Dental Health Month each year. It is a good time to review the signs of dental problems that you need to be aware off in our dogs and cats. The most common signs of dental disease are:
West Lake Animal Hospital's mission is to provide high quality, compassionate veterinary care with a personal touch. We strive to maintain a friendly and comfortable environment for pets and owners and are committed to building strong, respectful, and honest relationships with our clients. Through team work, we are dedicated to ensuring the best care possible and treat pets as if they were our own. Call us today at 217-529-4499 to schedule a physical exam to discuss your pet's teeth and how to care for them to get the most years possible with your furry friend!
It's that time of year when winter strikes Springfield and we bundle up when heading outside. Not only do we feel the effects of the blustery cold, but our pets do too. While many pets live indoors, there are some pets who live outside in the elements. Either way, you need to take extra precautions during the winter to keep your four-legged friends happy and healthy.
Obviously, short haired dogs (and cats) will feel the cold more quickly, and often times enjoy being outside longer if they can wear a sweater or vest. An extra layer goes a long way for trapping heat, some sources say 10% of your body heat is retained with each additional layer you wear. Longer haired animals can keep themselves warm longer, but they tend to have more issues with ice and snow getting stuck to their paws and between their toes. All pets are very susceptible to freezing their paw pads if they are on any cold surface for too long. So, keep walks shorter during the winter, have Fido wear some stylish dog boots, and be sure to use pet safe salt when melting ice on outside surfaces.
Pets who live outside during the winter months need to have access to some sort of shelter. There should be adequate bedding inside to provide warmth when they snuggle down inside, as well as a wind block. On the coldest days of winter, it is a good idea to bring these pets inside a garage or house so they can stay warm. Pets who live outside expend more energy during the winter in order to keep their body temperatures normal. Consult your veterinarian about the proper winter diet if your pet is outdoors.
Anti-freeze, even a small amount, can be fatal to cats and dogs. Be sure to clean up any spills quickly and completely, and store your container where your pet can't accidentally knock it over. Warm car engines are also very enticing for pets to curl up on. Give your hood a good pounding and honk the horn if there are feral cats nearby. Although your neighbors may question you honking and pounding at 6am, the cats will thank you!
The signs of hypothermia are usually shivering, burrowing down to keep warm, slow movement or lack of movement, and anxiousness. If you see any of these signs, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Call us today at 217-529-4499 to discuss winter health for your pet!